Monday, September 01, 2014

Path of Positivity Challenge #18 - Determination

Our theme this month on the Path of Positivity blog is Determination.  What does determination mean to you?  What does it look like?  Our challenge to you is to create something that visually represents determination to you and then link it up to our challenge blog here.

Our sponsor for this month is Pickled Potpourri Designs.


There are amazing digital images available in the Pickled Potpourri store and we were lucky enough to get to work with this image titled Just Dance.  For my project I first found this wonderful quote from Tommy Lasorda that really spoke to me and placed it next to the digital image and printed it off.  I then decided that I would alter a journal for my oldest daughter to use to keep her school thoughts in.  And lets face it, going back to school and staying focused takes a LOT of determination.  I am so proud of her and wanted to remind her with this great book.



The sponsors and prizes for this challenge are:
  • A prize package of a $7 gift certificate to the Pickled Potpourri Designs store (good for any digital product), from our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • Three digital images from Ike's Art for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital Stamps for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also  be:
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a few different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.
Be sure to create something and link it up to the blog before this challenge ends on October 5, 2014.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Sunday, August 31, 2014

More coloring fun

My girls love to help me pick out images that we want to color.  We do a lot of coloring together.  The cuter the better for them and the Furry Friends from Sugar Nellie are super cute, so they were at the top of the list for an end of summer crafting day.

To start my project I first decided on my pattern paper; which is Cappella from Basic Grey.  I adore the blue, grey, and brown hues.  I then printed the image a few times so I could work on color combinations that complimented the pattern paper.  I settled on the Words from the Heart image and colored it with my Copics.  I then picked out this adorable word die from Paper Smooches and cut this out five times from this lovely brown cardstock.  I then stacked the words together to create this dimensional title for my card.  I then fussy cut the kitty out and added some foam tape to the back so she would pop off the card front.




I just think this is an adorable image and can see it being colored time and time again by the girls.

I'm entering this card into the color competition being sponsored by Sugar Nellie:




Happy crafting.....Lynda

Entering this card into the following:
Sugar Nellie - coloring competition
Fairytale Stampers - Everything Goes
Digit Designs Challenge Blog - All about animals

Saturday, August 30, 2014

More Spectrum Noir coloring, a cute image, and Cloud nine velvet glitter

I've been working hard on my coloring using my Spectrum Noir colored pencils.  Like any coloring medium practice makes perfect and I've been taking my coloring with me to every kid event the past month and working on blending whenever I can.  Once again I have quite a little following at the dojo as the girls are doing their karate lessons.  Mostly it's the small kids that come to watch, but there are a few moms that now make it a point to sit in my area and smile when I glance up.

This week I've been working on these adorable images from Cuddly Buddly Designs.  This particular image is of this cutie who's name is Fudge...this image is called Do I look good on this?  I printed a full sheet of this image and went to town coloring him in various color combinations.  I then decided that I liked this one that is a salmon like pink and green.  I colored the entire image using my Spectrum Noir colored pencils.  I then used chalk to add the blue tint behind the image.  I then layered the image onto this wonderful pattern paper and then added the stack to my cardbase.  I then cut the love sentiment from coordinating pattern paper six times and stacked them together.  I then added the sentiment stack to the card front.  I added some glitter pen to the top fuzzy ball on the hat and two at the end of the strings.  I then pulled out something that I haven't used this year (not because I don't love it, but I haven't really done winter scene cards in a few months) my Deco Art Glistening Snow Writer.  I LOVE this puffy stuff for making dimensional snow effects on my projects.  I then pulled out my Cloud nine velvet glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle and covered the snow writer with the fluffy glittery goodness.


here's a closeup of the snowy effect of that awesome Delta Art snow writer with the velvet glitter...



Isn't he just the cutest...and it feels so good to create a winter theme card since the weather is starting to turn.
Happy crafting!!!!   Lynda

Entering this card into the following:

Treasured Times Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes
Frosted Designs - Stamping
Crafty Sentiments - Animal Crazy




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pull out your stamps and join me please...

I'm hosting the challenge this week on the Red Rubber Inspirationals blog and my challenge theme is "Stay Focused on Stamping Anything Goes".  That means pull out your stamps and really make them the star of whatever you make...just be sure in your writeup you tell us about your stamping.

For my card I decided to use the same stamp set I used a few weeks ago for another challenge on the blog....this set is called life so big:



Totally awesome stamp set.  Three images that allow you to create endless projects.  For my project I stamped the butterfly in the square in the bottom right hand corner of my card base.
I colored the image using my Copic markers.  I then doodled the outline around the balance of the cardbase.  I also added white accents with a gel pen to make the image and frame POP.  I find that tiny touches of white really make a colored image jump off the page...what do you think???


I hope you'll pull out your stamps and create some magic...play along...have fun with me...  be sure to link up your project to the blog post here by September 3rd at midnight!


Happy crafting....Lynda

Entering this card into the following:




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some Spectrum Noir coloring and Chi Chi Memories May Girl

The May Girl image is one of my favorites from Chi Chi Memories.  I love the flowers in her hair...this could be an image for a wedding card, birthday, or in this case a Just Because card...




I have been working with my Spectrum Noir colored pencils and practicing my blending... blending... blending...  While my girls were doing karate last week a friend's cute youngest daughter sat by me asking if I could color her to look like her...could she please have darker skin to look like her.  Well I took the challenge and colored this cutie to look like Angelina...(she LOVES it)  She picked out the pink and purple for her flowers and dress last week as well...and was so happy to see how it all came together.

The background was made using watercolor paper and some of my Ranger Distress stains that I have had for well...forever...  I dripped them onto my craft sheet and then pressed the paper into the drops.  I repeated the steps until I got the background I wanted.

Well...be sure to check out the Chi Chi Memories blog and see the other amazing creations by our talented design team!

Happy crafting...Lynda

Entering this card into the following:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes - rectangle shaped card

Through the Craft room door - Anything Goes

Try it on Tuesday - Use your Stash - used Distress Stains that have been in my craft room...well forever...

Sassy Studio Designs - Create That Paper - made the pattern paper using Distress Stains

Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Girly Challenge

Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cutting Edge Blog Hop

So I thought I would play along with this super fun blog hop happening on the Pretty Pink Posh blog:



http://prettypinkposh.com/2014/08/cutting-edge-blog-hop.html



For my card I started with this adorable image from Tiddly Inks called Awww Thanks (and it's $1.00)

I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir colored pencils.  I then cut the image out using the Large Stitched Journaling Card from Lawn Fawn.
I then used the same die to cut out a strip of green cardstock for the bottom of the card.  I then used an x-acto knife to fussy cut close to her legs.  I then used the Stitched Borders 1 Die from Pretty Pink Posh along the top of the green strip.

I then used the Hello Words Die from Paper Smooches and cut the hi from blue cardstock six times.  I then stacked the letters on top of each other and created a dimensional sentiment for my card.



Be sure to check out all the other wonderful entries in the blog hop....talk about inspiring!!!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Entering this card into the following challenges:

Fairytale Stampers - Anything Goes
Tiddly Inks - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Spectrum Noir - August Challenge - Floral theme


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Still a little time left

Each month the Chi Chi Memories challenge blog has an image that is free to the first 30 that download it...  You can then use this freebie along with the sketch I have drawn to enter our challenge.  Here is the sketch this month:


Here is Hello Princess:
Once the download limit has been reached you can still purchase the image.  Here is my take on the sketch using this amazing digital paper from the French Garden set by Lilian Ellaboudy Designs:


and then I created this fun card using the same digital freebie:


I've been practicing on my hair coloring using techniques I'm learning in the class I'm taking on the Kit and Clowder website.

Happy crafting.....Lynda

Entering this card into the following:
Delightful Challenges 1,2 Punch - the oval behind the main image on the first card is a punch as well as the background behind it and the sentiment are made from TONS of small heart punches that were added behind to create the border.
Sassy Studio Designs - Stack It Up my second card has four layers; two brown; one pattern and the main image.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Half way through our Possibilities theme this month...

So our theme this month on the Path of Positivity blog is Possibilities.  What does that mean to you?  Create a project based on that theme and post it to your blog and then link it back to the challenge blog.  Be sure to include something in your blog post about what inspired your project; how does it relate to our theme.

For my project I used this wonderful image titled Can't wait from Creative Bug Designs:







The image is colored with my Spectrum Noir colored pencils with a bit of Copic added in here and there.  I added the jute because to me it looks like she's jumping rope.  I then fussy cut the image out.  I then drew the hop skotch image onto the colored cardstock and backed it with another coordinating color before adding to my card base that was covered with this wonderful pattern paper from Lilian Ellaboudy designs.

So...what does our theme mean to you?  What can you create that speaks to the theme?  Be sure to link up a project for your chance to win something fabulous from our sponsors this month:


The sponsors and prizes for this challenge are:

  • Two images (or three if you use a TSB image on your creation) from The Stamping Boutique, our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • Three digital images from Ike's Art for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital Stamps for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also  be:
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a few different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

So...get busy and link up your project here:  

Happy crafting...Lynda

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Please join me...in Marking the Spot....

It's my week to host the Red Rubber Inspirationals challenge this week.  The theme I chose was Mark the Spot.  I want to see you pull out your stamps and create a bookmark.

For my project I first stamped the large butterfly from the Flutter By stamp set onto this colored cardstock.  I then created a mask of the butterfly using scrap copy paper and then fussy cut that image out.  I then used the mask to cover the butterfly image and stamped the image from the Well Defined stamp set that defines Companion three times on the cardstock.  I then trimmed the cardstock into the bookmark shape and punched the hole into the top.  I colored the butterfly with my Copics.  I then added the wonderful trim from my stash to the top.




I hope you'll take my challenge and link up a stamped bookmark to the Red Rubber Inspirationals blog today!!!  You have until Wednesday, August 20, 11:59 CST.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Entering my bookmark into the following:


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back to school with Chi Chi Memories

With school starting up soon I thought it would be fun this week to combine a few of the Chi Chi Memories girl images to create a card that celebrates friendships.  I decided to use the Bookworm, Hiphop Girl, and Hello Girl images for my project.

I printed the image onto white cardstock.  I then colored them with my Spectrum Noir colored pencils.  I then backed the image with black cardstock and mounted it onto my card base that was covered with this great pattern paper from We R Memory Keepers Feelin' Groovy line.  The sentiment sticker was also backed with black cardstock to finish the card.



Be sure to keep an eye on the Chi Chi Memories blog for other wonderful ideas using these great digital stamps.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Entering this card into the following: